AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
Applications for the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship are closed. Applications for the academic year 2024/25 will open in the Spring.
The AASAP/UK Board would like to invite applications for the 2023/24 Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship.
Application information can be found below.
In 2012 AASAP/UK launched the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship for study abroad students coming to the UK. Lord Acton was AASAP/UK’s first Honorary President, serving in this capacity from 2006 until his untimely death in 2010. His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange, and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP/UK.
Elizabeth C. Palmer, Academic Year 2023/2024
Anna Argulian, Academic Year 2022/2023
Harsh Dubey, Academic Year 2019/2020 - read his reflective essay here.
Nina Kambili, Academic Year 2018/2019 - read her reflective essay here.
King Fok, Fall 2016 - read his reflection essay here.
Petra Rantanen, Fall 2015 - Read her reflective essay here.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions. The award will be £1,000 for a student whose programme lasts at least eight weeks.
The winning student will be required to attend an AASAP/UK meeting to meet the membership, receive the award, and give a short presentation on the goals and objectives that will be made possible through this financial support. In addition, the scholarship recipient must provide a final written reflection on the impact of the scholarship on their study abroad experience, which will be uploaded to the Association website.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES
a. Enrolment in full-time education
b. Undergraduate status at a university or college based in the United States
c. Acceptance on a study abroad programme offered by an AASAP/UK FULL or ASSOCIATE member with a minimum length of eight weeks. See the updated list of full and associate members here.
d. Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
e. Willingness to share their experiences abroad with the AASAP/UK community in person at the beginning and through a reflective written piece at the end of their study abroad experience
24 April 2023 - Application window opens
5th June 2023 - Application deadline (11:59pm British Summer Time)
7th July 2023 - Winner will be announced
Download the application packet here.
- Scanned Application Form with all fields completed
- Scanned Official Transcript showing GPA (3.00 minimum)
- Resume (maximum length ONE page)
- Statement (suggested length 500-750 words)
- At least one academic reference (to be sent separately by the referee)